: Photograph showing the French Gratitude Train in what is believed to be Chillicothe, Ohio, 1950. The Warner Hotel, located on North Paint Street in downtown Chillicothe, can be seen in the background. The French Gratitude Train was stopped in Chillicothe from October 20-22, 1950, during its final stop on its route.
In 1948 the United States sent a large shipment of food, fuel and clothing to Le Havre, France, to be distributed to needy people in the war-torn country. To reciprocate, the French people collected gifts, including hand-made toys and crafts and local specialties, to send to the United States. The gifts filled 49 box cars, one for each state and one to be shared by Hawaii and Washington, D.C. The train, known as the "Gratitude Train," "Train de la Reconnaissance," or "Merci Train," arrived in the United States in 1949. The boxcars were "40 & 8" type cars that had been used to transport troops during World War I and World War II. The Ohio train traveled through the state from June 5 through October 22, 1950. View on Ohio Memory.
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: World War II; Postwar Europe; France; International relations; French Gratitude Train Places
: Chillicothe (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)